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COVID-19: B.C. records 87 new cases, administers more than 58,000 vaccine doses

Last Updated Jun 23, 2021 at 3:42 pm PDT

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Interior Health recorded the most new COVID-19 infections with 41 cases

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One person has died of the illness in the past day

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – More than 50,000 people in B.C. received their second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the past day.

On Wednesday, the province said of the 58,230 doses administered, 50,718 fully inoculated British Columbians. In total, 4,570,153 doses have been given out, 1,051,910 of which are second doses.

A joint statement from Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix says 77.2 per cent of adults in B.C. and 75.8 per cent of those 12 and older have received at least one dose. Those figures are lower than the ones provided on Tuesday, due to data corrections that incorrectly classified some second doses as first doses.

There have been 87 new infections in the past day, for a total of 147,271 since the pandemic began. The province says there was also a data correction on the latter of these figures, removing three previously reported cases.

The Interior Health Authority recorded the most new cases with 41. There were 30 infections in the Fraser Health region and 13 in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.

“While cases continue to come down, we still have new cases from community transmission every day. That is why, whether you live in the North, on the Coast or in the Interior, we strongly encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated as soon as you are eligible,” Henry and Dix said in their statement.

There are 109 people hospitalized with COVID-19 (down from 111 on Tuesday). Forty-one of those patients are in the ICU, unchanged from the day before.

B.C. recorded one new death for a total of 1,744 since the pandemic began.

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July 1 is the earliest more restrictions may be eased. In step three of the plan, masks in indoor public spaces will go from “mandatory” to “recommended.” There will be no more restrictions on the number of people dining together in restaurants, casino and nightclubs can re-open, and things like family reunions and larger weddings will be able to take place.